Apply for Club Membership

  • Are you a club current outside the EKF?
  • Would you like to join the Premier Governing Body for Karate recognised by the World Karate Federation?
  • Would you like to add prestige and credibility to your club?
  • Would you like to take advantage of the EKF services such as, National Squads, International competitions at both Kumite and Kata, Coaching programme, Referees programme as well as British and International recognition?

We offer Child Protection and Safe Guarding, CRB checks, Insurance services and much more such as recognition by the World Karate Federation. We can offer a Dan Grading facility via our Technical committee which comprises of some of England's most senior and foremost Karate-ka.

(Please note: Clubs within EKF cannot apply for this within 12 months of leaving their existing Association).

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ALL new applications for membership must be submitted on our "EKF Application Form" which, upon receipt, will be submitted to the board for consideration. Decisions will normally be made within 30 days or receipt of your application.

As a Head of Association /Chief Instructor once your Application has been received you will be asked to produce proof of an Enhanced DBS and have signed up to the updating service and this  will need to be shown to the Registration Officer along with proof of PI Insurance ,Dan Grade Certificates and Grading Syllabus .
Once this has been Officially certified then you will be informed that your Application has been approved on a 12 month Probationary period and New Licence slips will then need to be purchased and issued to ALL Students and renewed Annually
This is in accordance with the Articles of Association 4.1.2 item 4

Benefits that your Club and the members of your Club can enjoy with the EKF

  • Membership and recognition of World, European, British and English Karate Federations
    WKF is the only world Karate federation recognised by the Olympic Committee with the BKF recognised by the British Olympic Committee.
  • Eligibility to many WKF sanctioned International competitions
    Many WKF sanctioned competitions are only available to WKF national federation members, in England this is the EKF.
  • Club Courses advertised on EKF website
    Generate more interest and exposure with a wider audience.
  • Club listing on EKF website
    Recognition of Association member status.
  • Club ‘Find a Club’ listing on EKF website
    Search capability for general public to locate clubs close to their location generating more grass roots participation.
  • Eligibility to enter individuals into prestigious Junior and Senior English National Championships
    Enter individuals into prestigious English national championships.
  • Eligibility to enter individuals into prestigious Junior and Senior British National Championships
    Enter individuals into prestigious British national championships.
  • Access to National Squad programmes
    Open National Squad training sessions held monthly, conducted by Junior Leferve (Kumite) and Ady Gray (Kata).
  • Access to National Satellite Training centres
    Weekly satellite Kumite training sessions with national or assistant national coaches. Centres strategically placed throughout the country.
  • Access to National and International Referee and officials qualification programmes
    Organised by WKF and EKF Chief Referee allowing individuals to progress through coaching and refereeing rogrammes up to World level.
  • Access to ‘competitive coaching’ courses (learn to coach for competitions) - courses for athlete coaches usually run along side the referee training programmes.
  • Access to ‘instructor coaching’ programme
    EKF Coaching award programme.
    Recognition of grades and abilities
    Dan Grades recognised by the Governing Body, often a requirement for many council run premises.
  • Access to Dan Grade register
    The EKF’s central register of Dan Grades.
  • Access to Technical Grading panel
    Facility to attain senior Dan Grades where current grading opportunities are restricted, usually for 4th Dan and above.
  • Advice, Guidance and Access to Photography Policy and Child Protection template policies
    Child Protection policies including photo policy strictly adhered to protecting the EKF’s younger members.
  • Advice, Guidance and access to template policies for Risk Management
    Risk assessment guidance often a requirement for many council run premises.
  • Personal Accident Insurance worldwide cover
    Competitive rates secured by the EKF and available as an option to individual registration.
  • Instructors Personal Indemnity Insurance
    Competitive rates secured by the EKF and available as an option for all instructors.
  • Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks
    EKF is a registered CRB body and offers CRB checks to registered members.
  • Openness and transparency
    All information available for scrutiny via the EKF website, newsletters, email information, minutes and meetings.
  • You may also be interested in reading our 'New Members' Pack' which summarises all of the relevant information about the EKF. This will be available again shortly.

Please click the link which will take you through to the online association application and payment fee.


Club membership is £250. If your initial application to join the EKF is rejected then your fee will be refunded less a small fee of £50 for administration costs. Please be advised that there is no refund of your fee if after the 12 month provisionary period you should fail to be given full membership.

If you have any questions prior to application please feel free to contact us - we are more than happy to answer your questions.

The Details

Definition of a 'Club'

  • 1 recognised sensei, (Min age 21, min grade 1st dan)
  • A maximum of 3 dojo's under the 1 sensei (who must be resident in England)
  • All 3 dojo's must use the same club name and logo venues within a 15 mile radius
  • Must have a minimum of 10 members
  • Cannot be members of existing EKF assocaitions

Membership subject to usual checks and provisional membership.

Membership Fees

  • Membership Payment of £250.00, payable on application.
  • License Fees as per standard EKF rate.
  • Clubs are offered Provisional CLUB Membership for 12 months then if they are accepted they can become FULL CLUB MEMBERS

EKF Membership Levels

  1. EKF full association membership
  2. EKF provisional association membership
  3. EKF full club membership
  4. EKF provisional club membership